|Lyber Katz 29nov2010 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center|
Lyber Katz is the grandfather of Pauline Katz, a 2010-2011 fellow at the Yiddish Book Center. Lyber moved from New York City to Moscow at age 4½ and lived there for ten years. He commented on the exceptional education he received there and the climate of anti-anti-Semitism he encountered - that is, anti-Semitism was strictly punished. He spoke about visiting cousins in a shtetl in Tolochin, Belarus, and what life was like there...
Keywords: National Yiddish Book Center; Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; Freiheit; Communism; Russia; Ukraine; Poetry; Pogroms; Europe Pre-WWII; Immigration; Politics; Family History and Stories; Yiddish Language; Migration and Place; Political Movements; Shtetl; Anti-Semitism; Belarus
|Norman Feinberg 28october2010 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Christa)|
Norman Feinberg, retired college professor of music at Mercy College, is the youngest son of the late Leon Feinberg, Yiddish poet, author of many books, and regional editor for the Yiddish paper Der Tog. Norman recounts how his father came to the United States, first at age 14, alone, to follow his father, and the second time after graduating from Moscow University, once the family had become disillusioned with Communism...
Keywords: Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; Yiddish personalities; family history and stories; childhood; Jewish Identity; Yiddish language; immigration migration and place; literature; press/radio; education; religion and ritual; Eastern Europe; Soviet Union; Russia; New York City; United States and Canada; politics and political movements; Jewish communities; urban; shtetl; Marc Chagall; Albert Einstein; Maurice Schwartz; Itsik Manger; Sholem Ash; Der Tog; Freiheit; children of Yiddish personalities
|Herb Molin 06Jul2012 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Benno)|
Herbert (Herb) Molin, a former lawyer for the City of New York and a staunch believer in the importance of Yiddishkeit, was interviewed by Jordan Kutzik on July 6, 2012 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Herb’s mother was from Ukraine and his father was from Poland. Both were born into religious families but discarded religion and adopted secular Yiddishkeit, which Herb still strongly espouses...
Keywords: Immigration; Migration; Childhood; Family history; stories about ancestors; Eastern Europe; Newspapers; Politics and political movements; Books; Jewish education; Education; Summer camp; World War Two; Anti-Semitism; Israel; Hebrew; Yiddish language; Yiddish speaker; song; singing; Theater; Urban; United States; Advice; Career and Professional Life; Herb Molin; IWO; International Workers Order; Freiheit; Der Tog; Sholem Aleichem; IWO Shule; Great Depression; Camp Kinderland; Progressive Party; Henry Wallace; 1930s; 1940s; Father Charles Coughlin; Vito Marcantonio; Queens College; New York City; Astoria; NYC; Barack Obama; Peekskill; Paul Robeson; 1950s; 1960s; Bar Mitzvah; Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; nybc; ybc; Yiddish; Jewish culture
|Leo Summergrad 3October2011 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Emily)|
Leo Summergrad is 88 years old and was born in the Bronx to immigrant parents with whom he spoke in Yiddish. Leo's parents were garment workers and his father was a union organizer who would later be blacklisted due to his leftist politics. His family had no radio at home until he was ten so his family and neighbors sang Yiddish songs constantly. Since then Leo has maintained a lifelong love of Yiddish folksongs and has amassed a stunning collection of recordings of 2,300 distinct Yiddish songs ...
Keywords: Family history and stories re. ancestors; Advice; Childhood; Jewish Identity; Yiddish language (feelings of/about; meaning; descriptions of); Yiddish learning; Immigration; Migration; and place; Press; Radio; Poetry; Career and Professional Life; Holocaust; Education; Soviet Union; Politics and political movements; Youth group; Summer camp; Transmission (intergenerational; cultural; social... parenting); Roots/heritage; Jewish community (descriptions of place and social dynamics in a particular time); World War Two; Music; Immigration; Migration; Yiddish speaker; song; singing; Newspapers; Theater; Jewish community; Yiddish Book Center; Jewish education; United States; IWO Shule; Camp Kinderland; Bronx; Leo Summergrad; White Russia; The Freiheit; Der Tog; Garment Industry; 1920s. 1930s; 1950s; New York City; Okinawa; Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; nybc; ybc; Yiddish; Jewish culture